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News article created on 22 October 2015

Hidden corner of the Regent's Canal transformed

We've worked with the charity SkyWay to transform an area of unloved towpath.

Jeannette Brooks at the SkyWay adoption Jeannette Brooks at the SkyWay adoption

A garden space in a ‘hidden corner’ next to Kingsland Road Bridge has been created through a community adoption by SkyWay. SkyWay took on the adoption following a successful pilot programme along this stretch of canal and now undertake weekly clean up events as part of their youth reparations work.

Jeannette Brooks, development & engagement manager for the Canal & River Trust, explains: “This space had been blighted by vandalism and anti-social behaviour and needed a bit of attention, love and care. The garden has transformed this hidden corner of towpath and will provide a peaceful place for the local community and towpath visitors to enjoy, as well as hopefully helping to prevent anti-social behaviour in the area.”

A variety of plants

The garden features an original archway which has been restored and a variety of plants including hardy evergreens, artichokes and ivy, and an oak tree.

There are benches and a terrace for people to use. The garden will also feature new signage, bins and towpath lighting, as well as a wall of art by London artist R U N. Canal & River Trust volunteers assisted with the planting and brought the soil to the site by boat, all the way from west London.